Foróige Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s well being, improve their social support and relationships with others. BBBS is operated in Ireland by Foróige

Big Brothers Big Sisters International was founded in 1998 with the aim of promoting and supporting the development of mentoring programmes operating independently in various countries throughout the world. Big Brothers Big Sisters International sets standards and shares best practices for effective and sustainable implementation. Big Brothers Big Sisters International approves programmes for the use of the logo and maintains active membership of them. Affiliate associations are currently working in 13 countries, one of which is Big Brothers Big Sisters Ireland.

As part of Autism Awareness Month (April 2018 this year) Foróige are publicising their Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Programme for Young People with Autism.

If you would you like to give some time to make a difference in a young person’s life or are you studying in the area of special needs, social care or health and disability? Or if you would you like to gain some volunteering experience? Set yourself a new challenge?

The Foróige Big Brother Big Sister Youth Mentoring Programme is currently seeking male and female adult volunteers in Sligo & Leitrim who can make a real difference by sharing one to two hours a week with a young person aged between fifteen and twentyfour years who has autism. Support and training to carry out your role will be provided by a designated staff member.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to find out more about the programme please contact Elaine Granaghan on 086 0497089 or email

For more information about the wider Big brother Big Sister programme run by Foróige in Ireland, including information about the international research backing up the programme go to the Foróige website HERE

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